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YouTube video speed - how to test?

OK on YouTube, slow through web site



12:52 am on Nov 27, 2008 (gmt 0)

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My client said he thinks his PC is haunted, and I'm starting to believe him! He saying that his videos are playing with some initial hesitation. (I can PM you his URL if that's allowed to check it.)

I can view them just fine. They are being pulled from YouTube. We don't have much multimedia expertise so I need a little advice on why a video would hesitate playing through the site but not when played directly from YouTube. Also, is there anyway to submit the site
videos to a kind of "test" to show streaming speed differences?

Thanks for any help!


8:36 pm on Nov 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

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The video will always have a slight delay when first playing while it downloads the first part of the file.

I checked on the clients site and on other videos in youtube and they all had that initial loading time at the beginning.


8:53 pm on Nov 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Thanks so much Justa - if you or anyone knows of a service that can actually measure speed of videos, I'd love to be able to provide the client with quantitative results to show his videos are up to par.


travelin cat

11:49 pm on Nov 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I don't see how any service could actually measure "speed of videos" as there are so many factors that can affect downloading including:

- bandwidth
- speed of pc viewing the video
- compression used in making the video

Any service that would be measuring speed would only be good to measure videos against each other on the same service.

[edited by: travelin_cat at 4:00 pm (utc) on Dec. 1, 2008]


10:20 am on Dec 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I had a quick look at the firebug plugin called YSlow which is a handy tool, but that gives you the speed of the page load and it's elements, not necessarily the speed the video is coming through.

I suggest you take some high quality you tube promotion vides from the home page and embed it into the page in a similar way you have already done.

The client will then be able to see the load times are the same for a high level you tube production as it is for his video.

You could also upload it to some of the other video hosting sites and show the difference in the pages, you never know you might find something that works a little quicker.


9:05 pm on Dec 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

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You could use something like NetStat Live from Analog-X which will show your realtime bandwidth usage on your computer. It's old but it still works great.

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